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The Big Dig – Construction Dollars and Pro-bono Services Needed!

 “The Big Dig” at Willow Run continues! This major infrastructure project is the first step to restoring full utility services to the building. When the main portion of the original facility was demolished, it left our preserved portion with no utilities. Basic services such as permanent electricity and lighting, a heating system, a fire suppression […]

Yankee Air Museum's Approaches Magazine

Our Biggest Issue of ‘Approaches’ Yet!

The Yankee Air Museums biannual publication, Approaches magazine, is hot off the presses, and this is the biggest issue yet! Approaches spotlights new exhibits and initiatives of the Yankee Air Museum, and follows the progress of the Campaign to save, preserve and renovate the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant to become the Museum’s future new home. And, each issue […]

Willow Run Memories – August 2017

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project include a beautiful and touching vignette of a very young girl watching her big brother fly off to war in a B-24 bomber, the stories of a variety of workers at the Bomber plant who did everything from installing top-secret Norden bomb sights to managing air traffic in the […]

Announcing The Big Dig at Historic Willow Run

We are proud to announce the “Big Dig” at historic Willow Run! When we saved a portion of the World War II-era Willow Run Bomber Plant from demolition, our work had only just begun. When the main portion of the original facility was demolished, it left our preserved portion with no utilities. Basic services such […]

Two Ton Tessie: The Story of a Willow Run B-24 Bomber

From Glamor to Glory – Gloria Swanson was the ultimate Hollywood star. Beautiful and talented, she was the ultimate glamor girl of the silent film era. When she visited the Willow Run Bomber Plant in October of 1943, it was a very big deal. By the 1940s, Gloria Swanson had been replaced on the marquee by newer names, but […]

Workers at Abrams Aerial in Lansing during WWII

Willow Run Memories — February 2017

Recent submissions to Willow Run Memories Project tell the stories of a “Rosie the Riveter” who helped make the legendary top-secret Norden Bombsights on Willow Run’s B-24 Liberator bombers, local residents who housed and helped Willow Run’s pilots during WWII, GM Powertrain memories from the 1980s, and a young lady’s memories of Willow Run Airport. Click here to see ALL submissions […]

Connected Vehicle at Willow Run Groundbreaking Ceremony

Yankee Air Museum/Willow Run Bomber Plant Welcomes New Neighbors: The American Center for Mobility

With great pleasure, we extend a big welcome to our new neighbors at the Bomber Plant Property! Ground has been broken for a new connected vehicle testing center right next door to us at Willow Run. On Monday, November 21st, 2016, hundreds of VIPs, government officials and other invited guests gathered to witness the official groundbreaking for The American Center […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant gets a fresh coat of paint!

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update November 2016

We’ve Been Working On: Important Planning Work… In 2016, our primary focus has been on architectural, engineering, and infrastructure planning work prior to the next round of construction activities… and, of course, fundraising. We have partnered with the American Mobility Center [ACM], Willow Run Airport and RACER Trust to determine the best way to re-do the utility and entrance […]

Introducing Our Rosie the Riveter Drill Team

Update: The “Willow Run Rosies” Drill Team will be featured in the televised Detroit Thanksgiving Day Parade on 11/24/2016. Watch on WDIV-TV starting at 9:00am, or click here for other stations and times: http://bit.ly/2fSsKKN) In precision formation, with lunchboxes at the ready, our Willow Run Rosie the Riveter lunchbox drill team is a popular attraction […]

Willow Run’s Own ‘Amelia Earhart’

Before Rosie the Riveter, women were inspired by celebrated female pilot Amelia Earhart. Amelia Earhart was a pioneering aviatrix known as the first female aviator to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic Ocean, for which she received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross in 1932. She set several speed and distance records, and was instrumental in […]

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